As we begin committee weeks for the 2019 Legislative Session, the Florida Ports Council is excited about the opportunity to work with our newly elected and appointed officials to build on the successes we have seen from Florida seaports over the past several years. Since 2012, strategic port investments aimed at connecting commerce have resulted in maritime activities with an economic value of more than $117 billion – a $15 billion increase, representing 13% of the state’s GDP. These investments have supported year over year growth in both total waterborne cargo tonnage and volume. The cruise industry has also enjoyed growth at Florida seaports with more than 16 million cruise passengers moving through terminals at seven ports.
The Florida Ports Council congratulates Governor Ron DeSantis, recently elected Legislators, and appointed heads of state agencies. While the state of Florida seaports is very strong, we are eager to work with our state and industry partners to build on this momentum – providing industry leading (world class) infrastructure and services that increase the safety, security, efficiency, and velocity of the supply chain while working to be strong environmental stewards and protecting the things Floridians hold dear.